This is sort of an SOS...I ordered some riccia which arrived today by USPS Priority - but since it was 95 deg F here, the riccia was hot and the package was giving off a nasty smell . Surprisingly, the color is still green (light green) with very few strands turning brown/black (<3%).
My question I guess is - will these survive?? I have not put it into my tank yet, I have put them in a tub of tap water to cool these guys off - treated with dechloriner after abt 30 mins. I know I know I am doing everything wrong.
Float it in your tank in a net to keep it from getting everywhere.
Riccia is like duckweed in that it only take a little to create a lot...especially if it's being grown under high light with CO2. I have had single thalli turn into 3" diameter pads in 2-3 weeks in my 40g tank.
So its almost 2 weeks that the above riccia is sitting in a plastic mesh sandwich in the tank - no sign of any riccia growth...how long should I wait before I give up on it? I searched some threads here on this and they all said by wk 3 I should have a lush growth....unless it does a major sprint in the next 7 days...I don't see how it could do that. Any thoughts
While I am not a Riccia expert like some here that design complete landscapes with it...
I would not compress a transport-damaged riccia underneath a piece of plastic. Like Bill suggested you should have let it float (it's a naturally floating plant) in a net and let it recover there on the surface.
The bubbles you see might be Riccia pearling, or algae pearling, or Riccia slowly rotting away.